My husband has Crohn's Disease and has just had surgery for it.
There are different foods which affect different people with Irritable Bowel. You are best to keep a diary of WHAT you eat. I would suggest in a spread-sheet format. Make one column the date, another the fat, another the fibre, another WHAT you ate, and the last column what your bowels were like. You may be able to go through and figure out what foods affect you (or amount of fat/fibre) and eliminate/reduce yourself, OR you could ask your Dr for a referral to a Dietitian and take the spreadsheet with you for her (usually women) to go through.
Allergies and intolerances to certain foods can be a cause - things like milk (lactose) and gluten, but you are best to talk with your Dr/Dietitian about this. Also, depending on how bad it is, you MAY need multi-vitamins to help replace what you lose through the bowel.
Another thing that can seriously affect people with Irritable Bowel is STRESS! I would suggest that you have a wee think and if you ARE stressed, look for ways to reduce that stress. Don't overlook the importance of a Therapist to help you if need be! You can be taught relaxation techniques that work wonders.
Below is a link you may find helpful: www.mayoclinic.com/health/irritable-bowel-
After having just peeked at your Nutrition Tracker, and SparkPage I see that you have mentioned The Atkins Diet. I would think that THAT would be one of the LEAST helpful ways of eating - very high protein and FAT! I know a few people who have ended up with permanent gut health problems because of this - one even needed hospitalization.
Below are a couple more links you may wish to check out:www.cbsnews.com/2100-204_162-640566.html www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/atkins_
Hope you find some relief pretty soon!
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 10/24/2012 (16:37)
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